Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New Sweatshops & the Clean Car Wash Campaign

Carwash workers across the country are routinely abused, intimidated and exploited. They are the face of the new American sweatshop. Facing serious health and safety hazards, these workers often end up with severe kidney damage, respiratory problems and nerve deterioration. A new video courtesy of Brave New Films:

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Vermont Way: Censoring Red Emma

The fifth in a series of essays adapted from The Vermont Way, a new study due for release in 2012. 

A Catholic blacksmith and son of Irish immigrants from Canada, James Burke began his political career when he was almost 50, becoming a champion of the poor, labor, and ethnic newcomers. Rising to prominence at the start of the 20th century as Burlington's progressive mayor, you might think he would cherish the right of dissent no matter who was speaking. Yet Burke sometimes revealed a tendency to drown out his opposition. 

His most infamous moment of intolerance came on September 3, 1909. In the midst of battles with corporate power, he used police power to deny the freedom to speak to a woman whose philosophy he abhorred, one of the most famous radicals in the country -- Emma Goldman.

For the complete essay: A Progressive Censors Red Emma